And nowhere was the change more evident than the difference between the Pike Place Market in Seattle, a busy, chaotic, every-man-for-himself kind of place and the Granville Island Public Market, an equally as busy, but orderly, would-you-like-to-get-in line-here, that will be $2 please and thank you kind of place.
We loved the Granville Island Public Market. Beyond everything else I guess it appealed to our Canadian sense of order and good manners.
The entrance was attractive but very unassuming:
|I counted 5 veggie and fruit vendors, there may be more.|
|Including one that specialized exclusively in Thai veggies, spices and herbs|
|Fresh pasta made while you watch.|
|Several seafood vendors. We bought some beautiful fresh salmon.|
|Including these wonderful pot pies|
|Which you can enjoy in the indoor dining area or outside on the patio|
|Where you can enjoy a marvelous view of Vancouver's downtown condos.|
|Wouldn't these be great in Halifax Harbor and Bedford Basin.|
Granville Island was originally an industrial area and many of the buildings have been converted to house small shops, art galleries and studios, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and much, much more. But one industrial operation has remained - Ocean Cement. They have gone to great effort to fit in by having an annual open house, installing an art piece that explains the cement making process with animated clods and wheels, etc.
|I could not get a good photo of the other two trucks but one was a strawberry and the other a beet or turnip (I think)|
|This great little hammock shop|
|I owned a Smart Car before we started this adventure and they hold a special place in my heart.|
We planned to spend a couple more days in Vancouver exploring and visiting friends but unfortunately it rained (and I mean RAINED - as it buckets full!!) for most of our stay so we finally gave up an moved to Peachland BC. Where we are now. We love it here and will stay until the snow leaves Jasper - hopefully next week.
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